CORONAVIRUS/Six new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan

11/22/2020 03:46 PM
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CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA Nov. 22, 2020
CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA Nov. 22, 2020

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) Taiwan reported six new imported cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number in the country to 617 since the pandemic began late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

Four of the patients were Indonesian women in their 20s, who arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 from Indonesia to work, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing in Taipei.

None of the four showed no symptoms after arriving in Taiwan, but when they were tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 just before completing their mandatory 14-day quarantines, their results came back positive, Chuang said.

As a result, the four women have been put in isolation at a local hospital.

Another case involves a Taiwanese man in his 20s who traveled to the United States in mid-August to study and began experiencing muscle soreness, a cough with mucus, runny nose, headache and an abnormal sense of smell on Nov. 6.

Upon his arrival in Taiwan on Nov. 20, he told health authorities of his symptoms and was tested at the airport and the results came back positive Sunday.

The other case involves a Filipino woman in her 30s who arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 8 and has had no symptoms of COVID-19. She was tested on Nov. 21 before completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine and the results were positive.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 617 cases of COVID-19, 525 of which have been classified as imported.

Of the total, 548 patients have recovered, seven have died, and 62 are currently being treated in the hospital, according to CECC statistics as of Sunday.

(By Evelyn Kao)

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